Bill W. quotes

  • It must never be forgotten that the purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous is to sober up alcoholics. There is no religious or spiritual requirement for membership. No demands are made on anyone. An experience is offered which members may accept or reject. That is up to them.
    -- Bill W.

    #Spiritual #Religious #Purpose

  • Honesty with ourselves & others gets us sober, but it is tolerance that keeps us that way.
    -- Bill W.

    #Honesty #Tolerance #Way

  • Nothing can be more demoralizing than a clinging and abject dependence upon another human being. This often amounts to the demand for a degree of protection and love that no one could possibly satisfy. So our hoped for protectors finally flee, and once more we are left alone - either to grow up or to disintegrate.
    -- Bill W.

    #Growing Up #And Love #Degrees

  • Indecision with the passing of time becomes decision.
    -- Bill W.

    #Decision #Indecision #Passing

  • Nothing matters more to AA's future welfare than the manner in which we use the colossus of modern communication. Used unselfishly and well, it can produce results surpassing our present imagination.
    -- Bill W.

    #Communication #Imagination #Use

  • True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition is the profound desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God.
    -- Bill W.

    #Ambition #Profound #Grace

  • No personal calamity is so crushing that something true and great can't be made of it
    -- Bill W.

    #Crush #Made #Calamity

  • Each day my friend's simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men.
    -- Bill W.

    #Simple #Men #Circles

  • Because of our kinship in suffering, our channels of contact have always been charged with the language of the heart.
    -- Bill W.

    #Heart #Suffering #Language

  • I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion we can ever know.
    -- Bill W.

    #Inspirational #Gratitude #Appreciation

  • We lose the fear of making decisions, great and small; as we realize that should our choice prove wrong we can, if we will, learn from the experience.
    -- Bill W.

    #Recovery #Choices #Decision

  • In God's economy, nothing is wasted. Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is.
    -- Bill W.

    #Recovery #Humility #Lessons

  • Nowadays my brain no longer races compulsively in either elation, grandiosity, or depression. I have been given a quiet place in bright sunshine.
    -- Bill W.

    #Sunshine #Race #Brain

  • We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves would restore us to sanity.
    -- Bill W.

    #Believe #Alcohol #Sanity

  • You are asking yourself, as all of us must: 'Who am I?' . . . 'Where am I?' . . . 'Whence do I go?' The process of enlightenment is usually slow. But, in the end, our seeking always brings a finding. These great mysteries are, after all, enshrined in complete simplicity.
    -- Bill W.

    #Simplicity #Enlightenment #Asking

  • In the wake of my spiritual experience there came a vision of a society of alcoholics.
    -- Bill W.

    #Spiritual #Vision #Alcoholics

  • I was not an atheist. Few people really are, for that means blind faith in the strange proposition that this universe originated in a cipher and aimlessly rushes nowhere.
    -- Bill W.

    #Atheist #Mean #People

  • Almost without exception alcoholics are tortured by loneliness.
    -- Bill W.

    #Loneliness #Exception #Alcoholics

  • Learning how to live in the greatest peace, partnership, and brotherhood with all men and women, of whatever description, is a moving and fascinating adventure.
    -- Bill W.

    #Moving #Adventure #Men

  • Is sobriety all that we are to expect of a spiritual awakening? No, sobriety is only a bare beginning; it is only the first gift of the first awakening. If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on. As it does go on, we find that bit by bit we can discard the old life - the one that did not work - for a new life that can and does work under any conditions whatever.
    -- Bill W.

    #Spiritual #Sobriety #Doe

  • Seeing is believing to most families who have lived with a drinker.
    -- Bill W.

    #Believe #Alcohol #Seeing Is Believing

  • More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life. He is very much the actor
    -- Bill W.

    #People #Actors #Double Life

  • Years ago I used to commiserate with all people who suffered. Now I commiserate only with those who suffer in ignorance, who do not understand the purpose and ultimate utility of pain
    -- Bill W.

    #Pain #Ignorance #Years

  • For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching has become a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong.
    -- Bill W.

    #Wise #Patience #Self

  • Only the self-deceived will claim perfect freedom from fear.
    -- Bill W.

    #Fear #Self #Perfect

  • We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired.
    -- Bill W.

    #Desire #Way #Convince

  • We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given to us without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it.
    -- Bill W.

    #Attitude #Effort #Miracle

  • No matter how unreasonable others may seem, I am responsible for not reacting negatively. Regardless of what is happening around me I will always have the prerogative, and the responsibility, of choosing what happens within me. I am the creator of my own reality. When I [review my day], I know that I must stop judging others. If I judge others, I am probably judging myself. Whoever is upsetting me most is my best teacher. I have much to learn from him or her, and in my hearts, I should thank that person.
    -- Bill W.

    #Teacher #Heart #Responsibility

  • How dark it is before the dawn! In reality that was the beginning of my last debauch. I was soon to be catapulted into what I like to call the fourth dimension of existence. I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes.
    -- Bill W.

    #Dark #Reality #Dawn

  • Pain is the touchstone of all growth
    -- Bill W.

    #Pain #Growth #Touchstones

  • God is either everything, or He is nothing.
    -- Bill W.

  • The good is the enemy of the best.
    -- Bill W.

    #Enemy

  • I have become a pupil of the AA movement rather than the teacher.
    -- Bill W.

    #Teacher #Movement #Pupils

  • AA is no success story in the ordinary sense of the word. It is a story of suffering transmuted, under grace, into spiritual progress.
    -- Bill W.

    #Spiritual #Grace #Suffering

  • The temporary good is enemy to the permanent best.
    -- Bill W.

    #Enemy #Temporary

  • Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us.
    -- Bill W.

    #Prayer #Meditation #Rewards

  • The real question is whether we can learn anything from our experiences upon which we may grow and help others to grow in the likeness and image of God. We know that if we rebel against doing that which is reasonably possible for us, then we will be penalized. And we will be equally penalized if we presume in ourselves a perfection that simply is not there. Apparently, the course of relative humility and progress will have to lie somewhere between these extremes. In our slow progress away from rebellion, true perfection is doubtless several millennia away
    -- Bill W.

    #Wisdom #Lying #Real